Head: Anna Grabowska




2000 Professor of Biological Sciences, nomination by the President of the Republic of Poland, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1993 DSc Habil, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1979 PhD in Biology (psychophysiology), Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

1971 MA in Psychology, University of Warsaw


Professional employments:

2006-present University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Chair of Experimental Neuropsychology, Warsaw

1998-2005 Jagiellonian University, Cracow

1971-present Head of the Laboratory of Psychophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS


Honors and fellowships:

2016-present Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU)

2008 V-ce President of the Polish Neuropsycho- logical Society

2000 Member of the Committee of Neurobiology of Polish Academy of Sciences

1994-1997, 2000-2003 Member of the Executive Committee of the European Brain and Behaviour Society


Staff: Krzysztof Bielski, Katarzyna Chyl, Agnieszka Dębska, Gabriela Dzięgiel, Katarzyna Jednoróg, Agnieszka Kacprzak, Emilia Kolada-Nowak, Magdalena Łuniewska, Anna Nowicka, Maria Nowicka, Joanna Plewko, Iwona Szatkowska, Michał Wójcik, Aleksandra Zasada, Łukasz Żurawski 

Research profile:


The research is focused on neural correlates of higher mental functions in man using neuroimaging (MRI), neuropsychological, neurophysiological and behavioral approaches. The topics involve issues ranging from basic mechanisms of perception, language, mem- ory and attention through modulatory effect of emotion on cognition, to deception and self-consciousness. The main goal of the studies performed on healthy human subjects, patients with brain injuries, and children with neurodevelopmental disorders (dyslexia, autism) is to get a better insight into the mind-brain relationship and to provide knowl- edge contributing to elaboration of better tools for clinical diagnosis and remediation. Neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods are used enabling monitoring brain functions with high spatial and temporal resolution (functional Magnetic Resonance Im- aging and Event-Related Potentials/Electromiography, respectively). These measures are coupled with structural approaches (VBM, DTI). Clinical studies of the effects of focal brain lesions upon cognitive and emotional performance are also represented. Recent studies focus more on functional integration (connectivity) rather than functional localization. More information can be found on the web page:


Current research activities:

  • neural markers of dyslexia
  • subtypes of dyslexia and their associations with cognitive dysfunctions and structural brain alterations
  • modulatory effect of emotion on encoding and retrieval from memory in intentional remembering vs. forgetting experimental paradigms
  • brain activation during deceptive behaviours – the role of personality and intelligence
  • organisation of the human amygdala investigated with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • neural correlates of the self-processing assessed with EEG/ERP and fMRI
  • name recognition in autism: EEG evidence of altered patterns of brain activity and connectivity
  • neural foundation of automatic facial mimicry: simultaneous fMRI and EMG study
  • facial mimicry and individual traits: role of personality, empathy, gender, and social anxiety
  • mechanisms of associative learning in man investigated with appetitive and aversive gustatory stimuli delivered in MRI scanner.

Selected publications


Jednoróg K., Gawron N., Marchewka A., Heim S., Grabowska A. (2014) Cognitive subtypes of dyslexia are characterized by distinct patterns of grey matter volume. Brain Struct Funct, 219 (5): 1697-1707.


Riegel M., Wierzba M., Wypych M., Żurawski Ł., Jednoróg K., Grabowska A., Marchewka A. (2015) Nencki Affective Word List (NAWL): the cultural adaptation of the Berlin Affective Word List – Reloaded (BAWL-R) for Polish. Behav Res Methods, 47(4): 1222-1236.


Dębska A., Łuniewska M., Chyl K., Banaszkiewicz A., Żelechowska A., Wypych M., Marchewka A., Pugh K.R., Jednoróg K, (2016) Neural basis of phonological awareness in beginning readers with familial risk of dyslexia-results from shallow orthography. Neuroimage, 132: 406-416.


Kotlewska I., Nowicka A. (2016) Present-self, past-self and the close-other: neural correlates of assigning trait adjectives to oneself and others. Eur J Neurosci, 44: 2064-2071.


Rymarczyk K., Żurawski Ł., Jankowiak-Siuda K., Szatkowska I. (2016) Emotional empathy and facial mimicry for static and dynamic facial expressions of fear and disgust. Front Psychol, 7: 1853.